Zuo Wang



Ancient Chinese people defined Taoist meditation with two ideograms: Zuo (坐) and Wang (忘) which simply mean: sit and forget.


It is about sitting comfortably and emptying mind of thoughts and emotions to allow an immediate and non-rational awareness of reality to surface. It is only then when reality is experienced directly, without rational thought filter or emotional torrent distortion. This experience of undifferentiated unity between the observer and the observed is the fundamental basis of meditative state.


When a person forgets their feelings, opinions, beliefs, judgments, even forgets their own identity and forgets that they are forgetting, then they experience their original nature. "I abandon my limbs and my body, I withdraw the perception and the intellect, I eliminate the form, I remove the understanding, I become identical to the Tao. This is what I mean when I sit down and forget everything, "explains Zhuang Zi, famous taoist philospher. Because to believe that abstract concepts of things are realities is a mistake, for this reason in Taoist meditation when thoughts arise, meditator observes them as if they were distant clouds that move in the sky.


Practitioner simply sits down, without any intention or expectation allowing thoughts to pass and return to the void, where they came from. Taoist meditation is a continuous return, because thoughts fade as you become aware of its empty nature. It is a meditation that can not be forced.


Practicing Taoist meditation is a balm for body and mind. It reduces tension and stress, frees mind from worries, provides serenity and clarity of ideas. It increases capacity to live the present moment that in the end is the only one that we really have. It allows us to focus on here and now. It improves attention, concentration, memory and most importantly thing, it brings us peace and quiet.